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“To the Boelcke family, Sorry to post a note so late, but was looking at those that have passed and saw your families loss. I know that time heals...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Mike Woods - Friend

“He taught me the most important things in life. i miss you, Dad! ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Lou - daughter

“Dave, I was very sorry to hear about your dad passing. I have very fond memories of your dad when we were in the scouts, at the hardware store...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Robin Jolly - Okemos, MI - Friend

“Dear Louise & Family, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. You are in our prayers- to be comforted by God's love and the memories you hold dear. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Dennis, Laura, Tom & Stephanie Zmyslo - MI

“Dave, Diane, Louise & Family... I was out of the office last week and just found out about Dick and was so sad. I remember him so fondly from our...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Poland - Muskegon, MI

“Diane, Chris, and Family, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. I hope you will remember the good times and that those will give you joy and...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Robin Zollar - St. Joseph, MI

“Weezie and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts in prayers. God Bless ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Matt and Kelly (May) Behnke - FL

“Dear Louise, Vickie and family, I am so sorry for your loss and sorrow that you are experiencing at this time. I hold the both of you and your...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Kim Smith - Birmingham, MI

“Louise, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. May God continue to hold all of you in the palm of His hand. Francie VanderMolen ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Francie VanderMolen - MI

“Louise and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. He was a wonderful man and will be missed my many. ...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Pam Klug - Saint Joseph, MI

“Dear Louise, Diane, and family, Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…my thoughts are with you and your family during this...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Kirsten - Ann Arbor, MI - Mentee

“Happy memories will endure as you grieve the loss of a loved one. Best wishes to the entire Boelcke family. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Nick Foxworthy - Stevensville, MI

“Louise, Diana, Mary Louise, Vickie, David and families.....It's difficult to say good-bye when someone we love dies, To know we'll miss the laughter...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Mike and Kathy (Rozinski) Phipps - MI

“Dear Louise, Vickie, Mary Lou, David, and Diana, I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Boelcke's passing. My Dad called to let Mom and I know (she's...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Michele Rivette

“Dear Louise, Vickie and family I am so very sorry in your deepest loss of your husband, father, grandfather, brother, great grandfather, and...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Marja Norris - Bloomfield, MI

“Dear Louise & Family, I got to interact with Dick when he got involved with the Funeral Meal Ministry. He had such a wonderful attitude about...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Ilze Opas - St. Joseph, MI

“Dearest Louise and Family~ Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Love, Lisa, John,...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa McDowell and Family - MI


Richard Boelcke, 76, Stevensville, passed away, August 2, 2010 at Lakeland Continuing Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 6, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. Eugene Sears and Deacon Mike Gallagher Officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, Michigan. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph-Lincoln Twp. Senior Center and the Twin Cities Area Catholic School Fund. Those wishing to sign the memory book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Richard was born on July 19, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Albert and Lucille (Hack) Boelcke. He graduated from Benton Harbor High school in 1952. Richard married Louise (Strebig) Boelcke on June 21, 1952.

He started working at the age of 16 at Sears and Roebuck in Benton Harbor. He was the founder of Boelcke Heating & Air Conditioning in 1963 and retired from there at the age of 63.

Richard served on the Lincoln Twp. Fire department for 34 years. He was Fire Chief for 6 of those years. The Exchange Club of Benton Harbor & St. Joseph honored him with Fire Fighter of the year award in 1990. The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce honored him Business person of the year in 1996. He served for 22 years on the Lincoln Charter Township Board of Review. He was Scoutmaster for Troop 103 at the Stevensville United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in having St. Joseph Catholic Annex built on Roosevelt Road in Stevensville.

Survived by his wife Louise (Weazel) of Stevensville, three daughters Diana(Chris) Davis of Stevensville, Mary Louise (Andrew) Vanis of Albuquerque, NM, Vickie (Mahmoud) El-Hage of Dearborn MI,; a son David (Diane) Boelcke of Stevensville; seven grandchildren Steve (Sandra) Petznick, Abass (Haifa) El-Hage, Zianab El-Hage, Hamzi El-Hage, Emily & Randi Boelcke, Mirek & Avalon Vanis; one great grandchild Nathan Petznick; two sisters Marilyn Mort of Eau Claire and Marie Jeffries of Eau Claire; a brother Larry (Linda ) Boelcke of Stevensville and Lizzy his dog.

Preceded in death by his daughter Jacquelyn Petznick on March, 17 1975.